Thought provoking article. It certainly seems to ring true, although I do LOVE tech-apocalypse films and books.
“We live in a financial, capitalistic age, we do not live in a scientific or technological age,” said Thiel. “We live in a period were people generally dislike science and technology. Our culture dislikes it, our government dislikes it.”
I don’t often read the New York Times, but I stumbled across a very interesting read for those who argue that biology and theology cannot coexist. Spoiler alert: They can, and do.
As a Christian and a Scientist, I think that if you are unable or unwilling to accept that God could be so incredibly powerful to set the beautiful process of evolution in motion, then your opinion of God is small and should be reevaluated. The Natural world is something to be explored and appreciated, not simplified and ignored on the basis that it’s contradictory to narrow-minded theological thinking. As sentient creatures, we have free will and have the power to ask why and how. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Instruction of biology/science without evolution on the grounds that it is ‘insensitive/contradictory to religious teaching’ is irresponsible and unacceptable.
Waxing a little bit philosophical today folks. Don’t mind me I’m just leaving this here for future reference.
One of man’s greatest questions regards life. How did it start? Where did it come from? Are we alone?
One of my greatest peeves is the prevalent thought that science is anti-religion and you cannot be a person of faith and live by the scientific method. That’s just an incorrect assumption!
While I am a Christian and a scientist, there is nothing wrong with asking and exploring the reasons for our existence. In fact, it’s the very reason why we are capable of cognizant thought! My personal philosophy (which I will oneday espouse and publish, but many respected members in the theological and scientific communities have done so) is that Science is the exploration and explanation of the natural world – you cannot use it to analyze the supernatural.
If you are truly a person of faith, how can you not think that the creator set all of the universe into motion, making a vast something out of nothing. We are incapable of knowing of everything, and there are some questions that aren’t explainable by science. Let’s spend our time and effort exploring our planet and the universe. I know that there is so much left to explore we cannot even fathom its wonder!
A good illustrated summary of the paradox: http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html